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The Graceful Abode – Welcome Home

It has been a while since we posted, but we have just completed what we hope to be the last move we embark on for a very long time. Having said that, adventure always beckons and you just never know what might happen. But for the time being, and for the sake of our children, we are staying put.

Moving with children and your own business can prove to be difficult at times; there is a lot of upheaval, stress and change for everyone involved. For the kids, it means having their rooms more or less ready to go once you have moved in, and making them feel settled.

For the business, it means putting things on hold, unfortunately, and dealing with the aftermath when appropriate.

It’s funny what becomes imperatively important – the caring of your children vs. making a buck. When you inherently must acquire some sort of income so that you can feed an clothe them. We can vouch – lots of eating out was had. Not that we are complaining.

So now it is finally back to the drawing board – the office is ready to go and so are a multitude of renovations. Those, too will take time, but oh how we LONG for them. This eating in the dark scary corner of the kitchen is literally eating away at us.

In the meantime, thanks for sticking around!

- The Graceful Abode

Father’s Day – 4 Great Gift Ideas

It’s almost time for Father’s Day, so we rounded up a few of our top favourite gift ideas to take the hassle out of what to get the man who has everything.

We are not sponsored or being paid for showcasing any of these products – we just happen to love them and think you and Dad will, too! They come in all varying price points, too, so you’ll be sure to find something that tickles your fancy!

1. Bespoke Post www.bespokepost.com

This is a fabulous company who tailors to the man who wants to be  surprised and yet pick out something he really, really wants. We actually used this as a gift for Valentine’s Day, and it really is the gift that keeps on giving. 

The Low-Down: they have boxes of the month. You choose how many boxes you want to purchase for your dad. Dad gets to pick the boxes he wants. He can skip a month and wait to see what the next box has. Boxes contain everything from bow-ties, cuff-links, to bbq smokers, whiskey glasses and stones, to gym bags – you name it. It is SUCH a great gift because it takes the guess work out for you!!! And you can always purchase more boxes down the road.

A single box costs $55 and 12 boxes cost $540. Again, you can pick how ever many you want. Check it out. He’s going to LOVE it!


Image from Bespoke Post


2. Nest Thermostats www.nest.com

Nest Thermostats are cool: they’re sleek, modern and easy to use. You can install it in about 3 minutes or less and you can set your temperature wherever you may be. Even if you’re at the beach. That’s right – there’s an app for that. How awesome to know you can adjust the temperature of your home and you don’t even need to be there! Talk about genius. And a great money saver, too. We all know Dad wants to save money – so what are you waiting for?



Image from Nest


3. A Robotic Lawnmower. Oh Yes: The LawnBott Spyder. www.lawnbotts.com

The name says it all. Spyder. Robot. Lawnmower. Enough said. Now open a beer and watch this thing get to work.



Image from LawnBotts


4. A Homemade Card from the Kids 

Nothing says I love you more than something made from the heart. A card made by a loved one envelops more than just words, it has heart and soul poured onto it, in a rainbow of colours and love.

mother and son drawing present for daddy

This one is actually priceless.

The Guitar Urinal. That’s Right. You Heard Me.

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If you don’t follow mashable.com, you should. Alongside some interesting articles on technology and other neat stuff the world has to offer, they collect some funny stuff. Stuff we need to share. Right now. Like this urinal.

We don’t know about you, but we are pretty convinced that every household needs one of these masterpieces. Not only do you get to pee on it, it makes music. Which you can download. On an app. And share with friends. Guys. Seriously.

As long as it also cleans itself, we are game!

Image via mashable.com

Dog Goes Bananas Over Favourite Bucket

Ok, whether or not you are a dog lover, you are THOROUGHLY going to enjoy this cute video of a dog, hanging out with his most prized possession: a red bucket. Or what is left of it.

I’m trying to think if I could ever possibly love a piece of broken plastic that much. I guess it just goes to show that sometimes the best things indeed are the little things.

Trust us, it’ll leave a smile on your face!!!! Happy Friday!

Lipton Pure Leaf Tea

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When you grocery shop with kids, there is always a trade-off. I rarely buy junk. And luckily my kids don’t beg for food at the grocery store, they beg to leave.

Today my son saw this iced tea and asked if we could have some. Normally I would have said no (I’d prefer to buy organic or drink homemade), but we all had a rough day and honestly, I just wanted to say YES to something.

I just poured a glass and I have to say, it tastes pretty good! The pool in the background does a nice job of highlighting the tea, if I do say so myself.

Have you ever tried Pure Leaf? Do you make your own iced tea?

If so, share your iced tea recipe with us and we may highlight it on our blog this summer!